a.m.: Exodus 19:1-6 p.m.: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

As the angel of death struck down the first born across Egypt, the Israelites were told to sacrifice a lamb, and to put its blood on the door posts and the lintel outside their homes, so that the angel would pass over their homes. The passover marked the final act of God, against the general populace of Egypt, which led to the release of the Israelites from their captivity in Egypt. As God’s chosen people, the Israelites were given the Ten Commandments, that they might be God’s treasured people. Set apart from the world around them to do the will of the Creator of heaven and earth.

As Christians, the Ten Commandments are no less relevant, for they reveal the will of God. Though we are saved by grace, through faith in our great Passover Lamb – Jesus Christ, we are saved to do his will. As Peter writes

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Pet 2:9-12

If we are saved from sin, the law no longer condemns us, but it shows us how we should serve our Lord and Saviour. For he not only saves us from the punishment for sin, but from the power of sin, that we are no longer bound to sin, but wanting to serve him and glorify him.

And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Ro 8:39

When God calls us to follow his Son, he works powerfully. This is not to say he compels us against our will. Yet, of our own free will, we would never seek to be right with God. Our fallen sinful nature permeates our whole being, we are captives to sin, and as such, we would never seek God of our own free will. By his power, God sets us free from sin, so effectively, that we of our own free will are drawn to the Son. This is irresistible grace.

We are called out of darkness for a purpose, to glorify the one who is alone worthy of all glory and honour. We are called to know our creator, restored to what we were meant to be, that we might glorify him.

For it in this restored state that we are able to ultimate enjoyment in God as we should.

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